Beverages/Old Bourbon Whiskey
While cleaning out my grand mother's house I found a half pint bottle of Bonds Mill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 86 proof, bottled at the Bonds Mill Distillery.Larnceburg Ky. Can you tell me anything about this bourbon, ie: age and distillery, prohibation medicinal whiskey? Any info will be appraiciated
During Prohibition, there were two legal reasons to produce alcoholic beverages: sacramental wine for religious purposes, and medicinal alcohol for those with the proper prescription. Of course, there were a lot of sympathetic doctors who prescribed a glass or two of wine each night with dinner, or a nice shot of whiskey before bed!
In Anderson County, Kentucky, Bond Mill was first erected as a mill in the 1830's...and then a couple of distilleries were built in Tyrone, KY, where there is a bridge across the river. During Prohibition these distilleries saw their business reduced drastically, which had a negative impact on the whole area. The distillery reopened in 1934 after Prohibition was repealed...but it was never as important again. Jos. E Seagrams bought it many years ago.
Your whiskey comes from a distillery that is still owned by Seagram, and is used for making Four Roses. It's obviously from an area with a rich tradition of whiskey...but FOur Roses is not known as a top producer...
Hope that helps?